Atkins Snacks, Sides & Desserts Around 3.5 Carbs or Less

To make things fun and enjoyable in my Atkins journey, I came up with some combinations of foods that make great snacks, sides or desserts and are around 3.5 Carbs or less.  Most of them are my own inventions, but some of them are from the Internet.  I tried for simple combinations because they tend to have fewer carbs, and they are easier to put together if you don’t want to spend too much time preparing something, especially snacks!

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With desserts, I really tried to work with the Atkins framework and come up with something sweet but super low-carb, so you stay within your carb count limit but don’t feel let down.  So, you feel satisfied – yum!  With some of the sides, I wanted to play up veggies a little – be creative.  I’m not including typical sides like simple broccoli or spinach, but I wholeheartedly recommend single ingredient cooked veggies for sure!

 

SNACK:

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To start with is a snack I eat after I’ve built up a sweat either out in the hot sun or simply working out, and I want to feel like I’m replenishing my salt:

  • 2 or 3 tsp. sunflower seeds (with the shell) (2 tsp. 1.24 carbs – approx. 1.3)

(package: ¼ Cup = 5.0 carbs, so I approximate 1 tsp is 0.6)

  • 1 or 2 beef jerky sticks (0.0) (pkg.)

(I searched for and found the local generic brand for 0.0 carbs; most brands are more carbs.)

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Total: 1.3

SNACK (or part of breakfast):

With this next one, you could cook first, save some, then eat cold later:

  • 2 hard boiled eggs (make 4. Eat 2 now and 2 later, or for breakfast.)

(1 egg 0.5 carbs – Atkins List) (1.0 carbs)

  • Optional: Cheese stick. (My favorite flavors are Colby and Monterrey Jack.)

(package: 0.0 Carbs – pkg.)

Note: Some cheese, like shredded, may be more carbs; check pkg.

Total: 1.0

SNACK:

  • 12 count almonds (1.1 carb) (24 count 2.2 carbs – Atkins List)
  • 1 or 2 cheese sticks (0.0 pkg.)

Total: 1.1

SNACK OR DESSERT:  Atkins-style chocolate-covered strawberries

  • 2 large strawberries (2.2) (1 large strawberry – 1.1 – Atkins List)
  • 1 bag Atkins Chocolate Candies (look like plain M&Ms) (1.0 pkg.)

Total: 3.2

SNACK OR DESSERT: My new favorite fruit – STARFRUIT!   Totally tastes like an apple!

  • 1 small starfruit (1/2 cup 2.1 carbs – Atkins List.)

Note: I just count one small fruit as ½ cup.

Total: 2.1

SNACK OR SIDE:

  • Cucumber slices (1/2 cup 1.6 carbs – Atkins List)
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese (various flavors) (1 wedge 1.0 carbs – pkg.)

Total: 2.6

SNACK OR SIDE:

  • 1 large stalk celery or 2 or 3 mini celery sticks (1 large stalk 1.0 – Atkins List)
  • 1 tbs. traditional hummus (pkg. 2 tbs. – 3.0 carbs, so 1 tbs. 1.5 carbs – pkg.)

(Most tubs of hummus are 4.0 or 5.0 carbs. I found an organic one that was

3.0 carbs at the grocery store.)

Total: 2.5

SNACK OR SIDE:   I found this one on the internet and simplified it for myself:

  • 2 tomato slices (1 tomato slice 0.7 so 1.4 carbs – Atkins List)
  • Shredded mozzarella (1/4 cup 2.0 carbs – pkg.)
  • Microwave 30-60 seconds.
  • (Season to taste)

Total: 3.4 (Or less if you do not use the whole ¼ cup mozzarella.)

SNACK: I found this snack and its variation on the internet.  Surprisingly, I still haven’t tried them, but I am really dying to when I’m in a pizza mood:  Pepperoni Chips.

  • Pepperoni slices (0.0 carbs – pkg.)

Microwave slices until crisp.

Total: 0.0

VARIATION:  Pepperoni Chips with Whipped Cream Cheese (Yum! Yum!)

  • Pepperoni slices (0.0 carbs – pkg.)
  • Whipped cream cheese (2 T – 0.8 carbs – Atkins List)

Microwave pepperoni slices until crisp.  Serve with whipped cream cheese!

 

Total: 0.8

 

SNACK:  Pastrami and Cheese Stick Roll-Ups

  • Pastrami (1slice 0.0 carbs – pkg.)
  • Cheese Stick (0.0 carbs – pkg.)

(Could do other cold cuts, but check the carb count.  Some cold cuts are not 0.0)

Total: 0.0

SNACK: My football game snack for when you’re feeling adventuresome:

  • 1 can Vienna Sausages Original (1 can – 1.0 carbs – pkg.)
  • Chile Lime Pork Rinds (0.0 carbs – pkg.)
  • 1 pickle spear (1 spear 0.5 pkg.)

Total: 1.5

SNACK OR SIDE: Southern Egg Salad

  • 2 Boiled eggs (1 egg 0.5 carbs – 2 eggs 1.0 carbs – Atkins List)
  • Kraft Real Mayonnaise (0.0 carbs – pkg.) (Not all mayonnaise brands are 0.0.)
  • 5 Green olives (cut-up) (2 olives < 1.0 carb approx. 0.5 carbs – 5 olives 2.5 carbs)

Total: 3.5

SNACK OR SIDE OR POSSIBLY ENTREE:  I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m really dying to.  I got it from the Internet. The meat was not this one originally; I modified it for my tastes.

Asparagus & Pastrami Roll-ups:

  • 3 Asparagus Fresh Cooked (6 each 1.9 carbs. So: 1 each 0.3, 3 each 0.9 carbs) Atkins List
  • 3-6 Pastrami Slices (1 slice 0.0 pkg.)

Total: 0.9

SNACK OR DESSERT:

  • ½ cup raspberries &/or blackberries (individually or berry blend)

(1/2 cup red raspberries 3.4 carbs; ½ cup blackberries 3.3 carbs – Atkins List)

  • 1 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese – brick (1 oz. <1.0 or 0.5 carbs – pkg.)

Total: 3.8 or 3.9

LIST OF MY FAVORITE FOODS AND CARB COUNTS TO COMBINE AS SNACKS/SIDES/DESSERTS:

EACH ONE IS NO MORE THAN 3.5 CARBS INDIVIDUALLY.

Cucumber slices (1/2 cup 1.6 carbs) Atkins List

5 cherry tomatoes (2.3 carbs) Atkins List

Tomato Slices (1 slice 0.7 carbs) Atkins List

1 small tomato (2.5 carbs) Atkins List

1 celery stalk (1.0 carbs) Atkins List (I approximate 2 or 3 mini celery sticks.)

1 cheese stick (0.0 carbs) package

1 slice pastrami (0.0 carbs) package

Beef Jerky Sticks (0.0 carbs) package

1 tbs. Traditional Hummus (2 tbs.3.0 carbs – So: 1 tbs. 1.5 carbs) package (Some 4.0 or 5.0.)

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese (1.0 carbs) package

Philadelphia Cream Cheese Brick (1 oz. <1.0 approx. 0.5 carbs) package (Tub has more carbs.)

Avocado (1/2 fruit 1.3 carbs) Atkins List

Pork Rinds (0.0 carbs) package

3 tsp. sunflower seeds with shell (1.8 carbs – converted from ¼ cup 5.0 carbs) package

1 starfruit (1/2 cup 2.1 carbs – I approximate 1 small fruit.) Atkins List

½ cup blackberries (3.3 carbs) Atkins List

½ cup red raspberries (3.4 carbs) Atkins List

Boiled Eggs (1 egg 0.5 carbs) Atkins List

Vanilla or Strawberry Atkins Shakes (1.0 carbs) package

Chocolate Atkins Shake (2.0 carbs) package

Atkins Chocolate Candies/Candies with Peanuts (like M&Ms) (1 bag 1.0 carbs) package

Some Atkins candies (2.0 carbs) package

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (2.0 carbs) package

1 can Vienna Sausages Original (1.0 carbs) package

Green Olives (2 olives <1.0 approximate 0.5 carbs) package

Asparagus Frozen (1/2 Cup 0.3 carbs) Asparagus Fresh Cooked (6 each 1.9 carbs) Atkins List

Green Beans Cooked (1/2 cup 2.9 carbs) Atkins List

Broccoli Frozen (1/2 cup 2.2 carbs) Broccoli Fresh Steamed (1/2 cup 1.7 carbs) Atkins List

Cauliflower Frozen (1/2 cup 1.6 carbs) Cauliflower Fresh Cooked (1/2 cup 1.7 carbs) Atkins List

Iceberg Lettuce (1.3 carbs) Atkins List

Portobello Mushrooms Cooked (2.6 carbs) Atkins List

Spinach Cooked (1/2 cup 1.2 carbs) Atkins List

Zucchini Cooked (1/2 cup 1.5 carbs) Atkins List

Quince (1 quarter 3.1 carbs) Atkins List (Want to try.)

Fresh Rhubarb (1.7 carbs) Atkins List (Want to try.)

Strawberries (1 large strawberry 1.1 carbs) Atkins List

Grapes (1 grape seedless 0.91 carbs – 1 grape w/seed 1.05 carbs) carbcounter.org

Cherries (1 cherry 1.09 carbs) carbcounter.org

Almonds (24 count 2.2 carbs – So: 12 count 1.1 carbs) Atkins List

Pure Via Stevia (1 packet <1.0 or 0.5 carbs) package

Kraft Real Mayonnaise (0.0 carbs) package

Shredded Parmesan (1/4 cup 1.0 carbs) package

Shredded Mozzarella (1/4 cup 2.0 carbs) package

Pastrami (1 slice 0.0 carbs) package

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Scrambles (1 bowl – 2.0 carbs) package

3 slices bacon (0.0 carbs) package

Canned tuna/canned chicken (0.0 carbs) package

Old Wisconsin Summer Sausage (0.0 carbs) package (Other brands 1.0 carbs.)

Steak-Umms (0.0 carbs) package

Pepperoni Slices (0.0 carbs) package

EAS Creamy Vanilla Protein Powder Packets (1 packet 1.0 carbs) package